A single mother, avid eater and caffeine addict, and manager of the Independence Inn in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. At the age of 16, her entire life was changed when she became pregnant and ran away from the home of her controlling parents to make a life of her own.
Aesop Amnesia: Lorelai has a tendency to go back to Christopher at the most inappropriate times. Rory calls her out on it, but she doesn't learn.
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Embarrassing Nickname: "Umlauts", which involved Lorelai as a teen, a particularly cold summer day when she was swimming at summer camp and how a certain part of her body resembled said diacritic after coming out of the water.
Feminine Women Can Cook: Lorelai is a career woman and sure as hell can't cook, but she can at least brew up coffee and she's a damn impressive seamstress. She's paired with Luke, a bistro owner who is an excellent cook, and her close friend Sookie is a master chef who occasionally cooks her something.
Genki Girl: Lorelai's perhaps one of the most chipper characters on the show.
Rebellious Princess: Lorelai became pregnant with Rory at sixteen but chose not to marry the father, Christopher Hayden. Instead, she left her privileged world and moved to Stars Hollow where she became employed at the Independence Inn. There Lorelai progressed from maid to executive manager.
Self Made Woman: Even though she comes from money she ran away from home as an unwed mother, got her first job basically because the inn's owner took pity on her, lived in a tool shed and less than twenty years later owned her own house was part owner of her own inn.
Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Once her mother agrees with her in something, Lorelai usually begins to self-doubt. One example would be Emily's approval of her daughter desire to terminate Rory's friendship with Bad Boy Jess. Lorelai immediately comes to conclusion that she must've approached the Moral Event Horizon and decides to give Rory more freedom.
Lorelai "Rory" Leigh Gilmore (Alexis Bledel)
Lorelai's teenaged daughter and best friend. A shy and socially awkward bookworm with aspirations to become a journalist. She slowly comes out of her shell and finds herself drawn to the upper class world her mother left behind.
100% Adoration Rating: Her mother and everyone in Stars Hollow seem to think that not loving Rory borders on sort of a terrible crime. To the point where everyone started treating Dean like a delinquent just because he broke up with Rory, without even knowing the reason and what really happened between them.
Character Development: Starts the series as a shy, awkward bookworm who struggles to string two sentences together around boys and generally prefers her own company. Come Season 5, she's actively pursuing Logan.
Cute Bookworm: She's never without a book (until she drops out of Yale) and her relationship with Jess stems from a mutual passion for reading.
Dude Magnet: Manages to attract a large number of men throughout the course of the show.
Genius Book Club: Rory reads everything, from contemporary literature to criticism to biographies to classics. Nearly every episode has reference to at least one book that she has read, is reading, or is planning on reading.
Has a Type: Played with. Over the course of the series, seems determined to date the baddest boy in the series (so long as he's booksmart). First, she dumps wholesome Dean for Jess; after Jess leaves town, she ends up back with Dean, who is a significantly darker character, given that he's cheating on his wife with Rory; later, she chooses Logan, who is a member of a secret society and a rebel against the wealthy society of his upbringing, over Nice Guy Marty. However, early in the series, what drives her away from Tristan is his Jerk Ass behavior. She's possibly more attracted to charm and wit than 'bad boy' behaviour and book smarts. And the situation with her and Jess seems to be more of a case of Star-Crossed Lovers.
Being told "You don't got it." causes Rory to give up her dreams and drop out of school.
She has a minor one when she doesn't get the Reston Fellowship in the New York Times. As Lorelai tells her, she's used to working hard and getting what she wants, so it's difficult for her to deal with disappointment.
Hypocrite: Has her moments. For example, she's absolutely horrified when she learns that Dean's dropping out of college, and tries to persuade him that no reason is good enough for such an act. Any of those reflections come back to her when she does exactly the same a season later?
Must Have Caffeine: Rory's need for caffeine isn't as extreme as her mother's, but it's there all the same. Fun fact: Alexis Bledel didn't like coffee, so in any scene in which Rory drinks it, she's actually drinking coca cola.
Nerds Are Sexy: Her option, as there's an episode where Rory is seen sitting in the college cafeteria wearing a t-shirt with the logo, "Reading is Sexy". Considering she wears it while thinking about Logan, the third guy in the series she's attracted to for his intellect, it is a reflection of what she honestly believes.
Parental Favoritism: Emily and Richard have no qualms about spoiling and praising Rory while looking down on Lorelai
Lorelai (to Rory): I'm not sure my father has ever loved anything in the world more than he loves you.
Princess Phase: Rory doesn't want her grandmother to make her into a princess as she thinks of it being something for small children. She honestly did imagine herself as a princess when she was young. At least she has a crush on the prince from the Sleeping Beauty cartoon. She specifically says that it was a long time ago.
Replacement Goldfish: A sore point throughout the series is Emily trying to bring Rory up to be the daughter that Lorelai never turned out to be. This comes to a head when Rory is living with her grandparents and Emily refers to Richard as Rory's father.
The Unfair Sex: Played with. Lindsay and Dean's moms certainly bear hatred towards her and consider her a homewrecker, and Lorelai chewed her out for simply disregarding Dean's marital status and sleeping with him, as if Lindsay's feelings didn't matter. Luke, on the other hand, goes on and on about how Dean is not worthy of her and was 'unstable' because he got married despite pining for his former girlfriend.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Paris started out as Rory's academic rival but slowly grew to be her close friend and confidant when Rory couldn't confide in her mother or Lane. They still bicker a lot, though.
Wise Beyond Her Years: Played with. She can often be very mature and act as the responsible one in her's and Lorelai's relationship. On the other hand, she can (and often does) act in a very immature manner, as befitting a teenager/young adult (like when she almost didn't change schools to Chilton because of Dean in the first episode). A large part of her character arc is learning to be more than just book smart and becoming "life smart" as well.
Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop)
Lorelai's wealthy and controlling mother with whom she has been estranged with most of her adult life. Emily insists on being involved in her daughter and granddaughter's lives after allowing her to borrow money for Rory's tuition, much to Lorelai's dismay.
The owner of the local dinner in Stars Hollow that Lorelai and Rory frequent often. Despite his gruff exterior, he is very dependable. He harbors a crush on Lorelai for most of the series, but they begin a relationship in season 4.
Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Christopher's Veronica for Lorelai's Archie. (Also Betty to Max, Alex, Jason...the list goes on. Safe to say he's seen a lot of Lorelai's boyfriend's pass by).
Big Brother Instinct: Luke will never pass up an opportunity to help the people he cares about. Jess occasionally will poke fun at him for it.
Virgin in a White Dress: She planned on having sex but when she had the opportunity she surprised herself by saying, "Oh, well, I have to wait until I get married," because the morals her Seventh Day Adventist mother taught her had stuck. She was afraid that she might never get married and have sex but she did.
Mrs. Kim (Emily Kuroda)
Almighty Mom: She scared the crap out of Zach when found out that he'd been 'laying hands' on her little girl. Also most of Lane's peers (Jess is polite to her), and some of the adults, like Lorelai and even Taylor, fear her to varying degrees.
Betty: To Jess's Veronica. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship with Jess to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature.
Pet the Dog — Taylor realizes just how unpopular he is when Jackson decides to run against him as town selectman. Jackson can't handle the insane amount of pressure and realizes just why Taylor is perfect for the job.
Academic Alpha Bitch: The first time that Rory meets Paris at Chilton, Paris tells her how she's going to be editor of the school paper and valedictorian, ending with, "You'll never catch up. You'll never beat me. This school is my domain and the Franklin is my domain. And don't you ever forget that."
Ascended Extra: Especially after season 1. Originally Paris was only going to be in a few episodes, but Liza Weil really stood out and her role was greatly expanded.
Badass Princess: Paris is born to wealthy parents but she fights to earn everything she gets.
Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 4. Paris was never the nicest person around, but at least in earlier seasons she tended to to abuse people who'd annoyed her or the ones she was feeling threatened by. Granted, those two categories covered most of the population, but at least she used to have reasons. In her freshman year in college, however, she goes to treat her innocent, nice and loving boyfriend like dirt, and not even for a cover for her affair with an older man, but simply because she doesn't even bother to tell Jamie she doesn't want him anymore.
May-December Romance: With college professor Asher Fleming. She seems to have a thing for older men as well, including Richard. Both squick out Rory.
Parental Abandonment: Technically she still has her parents but not only do we never see them neither does she (we do see Paris's mother once played by the mom of Kelly from Beverly Hills 90210, but she's on for less than a minute to lecture her about her acne regimen). They're rarely even in the same country as her and she was functionally raised by her nanny, who attends her graduation with her own family to provide some kind of 'family' support. Later they forget to pay their taxes, leave the country to avoid charges and leave her penniless.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite trading snark with each other, Rory and Paris have become close friends and will stick up for each other. Paris, in a way, becomes Rory's closest confidante during the periods of time when Rory's relationships with her family became strained.
Meet Cute: When buying coffee from the cart at school Rory turns around and drops her change all over the ground. She crouches down. Logan stops to help her pick up the coins and he greets her with, "This would definitely qualify as a cute meet if we hadn't already met."
Rebel Prince: He says that he sees only one door, and feels he's being pushed through it. What he feels he's being pushed into is inheriting the Huntzberger Publishing Company, a national newspaper conglomerate.
Replacement Goldfish: His appearance and behavior, at first at least, might give a feeling that we're seeing a couple of years older Tristan again. Down to having Those Two Guys companions with whom he does stupid things, and ridiculing his the Betty rival for belonging working class.
Lovable Alpha Bitch: Like Madeline, she seems to 'hate' Rory only on Paris' command and over time becomes sort of friends with her. She's still capable of behaving like a bully at times, though. Just ask Brad.
Odd Friendship: Her and Madeline with Paris. Hints are, they sometimes find her amusing, though.
Book Dumb/Bunny-Ears Lawyer/Obfuscating Stupidity: Hard to tell. She seems like a complete idiot at times, and yet she's still a Chilton student and apparently does quite well at school (part of the credit goes probably to Paris terrorizing her clique, but still).
Lovable Alpha Bitch: Like Louise, she seems to 'hate' Rory only on Paris' command and over time becomes sort of friends with her. She's still capable of behaving like a bully at times, though. Just ask Brad.
Alpha Bitch: Leader of the Puffs, Chilton's "secret" sorority, and senior class president in season 3, who pits her two enemies, Rory and Paris, against each other and subtly manipulates the student council for personal gains.
Amicably Divorced: For the most part of the series with Lorelai, despite not having been ever married. He eventually does end up being divorced twice, to two different women, both being the mothers of his daughters.
Book Worm: Rory's massive book collection prompts him to steal and annotate her copy of Ginsburg's "Howl" so that he can attempt to actually talk to her. Their mutual love of reading forms the basis of their relationship.
Hilariously Abusive Childhood: When Liz shows up her ditzy nature and bad taste in men is almost entirely played for laughs...never mind that Jess had to grow up with an unstable mother and her string of horrible boyfriends. And yeah, he gets blamed for being bitter about it? Unfortunate Implications anyone?
Operation Jealousy: The first half of season three. Jess gets himself a blond bimbo solely to infuriate Rory and show her that little does he care about her still being Dean's girlfriend. As soon as Rory and Dean are broken up, the bimbo is out of the picture.
Star-Crossed Lovers: As the show went on, this became the case for him and Rory. Their initial attraction and relationship is plagued by the presence of Dean, the town's disapproval and Jess's own issues. Jess then runs away, leaving Rory heartbroken but later returns to find Rory back with Dean, leaving HIM heartbroken. He then returns again (after fixing himself) as a young adult to find Rory now with Logan and as much of a mess as he was before. After he convinces her to 'fix' her life, they kiss for a final time, only for her to decide to remain with Logan instead, causing Lit fans to lose their final shred of patience with the writers.
Teens Are Short: Part of the trick to convince the audience that he's seventeen was apparently use camera angles to make the 5'10" Milo Ventimiglia look shorter as well as dressing him in over-sized clothing and playing most of his scenes against Scott Patterson and Jared Padalecki, who were both over 6'.
Veronica: To Dean's Betty. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship with Jess to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature.
Missing Mom: Abandons Christopher and Gigi when Gigi is still a toddler. Though later she changes her mind and seeks a contact with her daughter.
Shotgun Wedding: She and Christopher only return to each other and get married because Sherrie discovers she's pregnant. It ends the way you'd expect it to.
Written-In Absence: The show couldn't get Amick to reprise her character in later years, so the 'running away to Paris' plot was created to conveniently allow her to be absent without writing out the character.